Do you turn into a zombie without your morning coffee? Do you find yourself constantly yawning and reaching for sugar laden treats to get you through the day? The amount of sleep you clocked the night before may not be the only reason your energy levels are slumping. The types of food we eat play an important role in our daily energy levels, and while coffee and sugar will certainly give us an energy hit, an energy nose-dive is sure to follow. Our bodies get energy from the food we eat and making smarter choices about what we put in our mouths can help us to stay awake and alert for longer. To help you keep up with your kids or get through the working week, we’ve rounded up ten of the top energy‐boosting foods to recharge your battery without the need for loading up on caffeine.
- Green tea – Chockfull of antioxidants and a little caffeine, sip on green tea to boost your energy levels, without the negative effects of its rival – the double shot espresso!
- Whole grains – While carbohydrates have been given a bad reputation of late, they are actually the body’s preferred energy source. Although not all carbohydrates are created equal; whole grains such as brown rice, oats, millet, rye and spelt provide a constant source of energy thanks to their vitamin, mineral and fibre content. Whole grains are also a rich source of B vitamins that help the body convert the food we eat into energy.
- Dark chocolate – There is no need to give up chocolate entirely as it’s a good source of antioxidants, plus it contains a little caffeine, theobromine and magnesium that help give your energy levels a lift. Just remember the darker the better.
- Water – While it might sound a bit boring, a dehydrated body functions less efficiently so it’s important to ensure you get around 2L of H20 daily.
- Almonds – Almonds contain good fats, vitamins and minerals, are low in sugar, and have a low glycaemic index (GI) providing sustained energy, making them an ideal snack to get you through the afternoon slump.
- Green leafy vegies – Green leafy vegies are nature’s multivitamin containing B’s, carotenoids, vitamin K, magnesium and fibre to keep you energised all day long.
- Apples – There is a reason that the humble “apple keeps the doctor away”. It’s a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre and is low GI,1 which means you will get the gradual rise in blood sugar that you need for long‐lasting energy.
- Quinoa – The South American superfood, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is high in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium, plus it’s a good source of protein and carbohydrates,2 providing superior fuel for your body.
- Eggs – The modest egg is actually a nutritional powerhouse and packed with protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, B’s, iodine, vitamin A3, B vitamins and is a good source of sustained energy.
- Beans – Beans are a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates plus they contain most of the B vitamins making them an ideal food for a prolonged energy boost.